The work of staff at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as excellent by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The team at Oak 3 Acute Assessment Unit, which is based at the Cavell Centre, Peterborough, recently underwent a rigorous standards review.
I am absolutely delighted for the team. They should be proud of the level of care they provide and it is a fantastic achievement to be recognised in this way.Service manager Kyran Brivio
The Royal College’s Special Committee for Professional Practice and Ethics has now delivered its verdict, giving the team’s work the highest possible accreditation rating of ‘excellent’.
Service manager Kyran Brivio said: “I am absolutely delighted for the team. They should be proud of the level of care they provide and it is a fantastic achievement to be recognised in this way.
“We will receive a full report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the next few weeks, but in the verbal feedback we received the panel told us they had not met a happier and more enthusiastic team who were so obviously committed to providing an excellent service.
“Some of our service-users and carers were also involved in the accreditation process and I would like to thank them for finding the time to take part.
“Their feedback is essential and their views on what we are doing well, and what we can improve, will continue to shape what we do.”
Oak 3 is a 14-bed inpatient ward for patients from Peterborough, Huntingdon and Fenland. It has a nine-bed acute assessment unit providing specialist initial assessment of patients requiring specialist mental health care. Patients who require further treatment are then transferred to other wards at the Cavell Centre.
Oak 3 also contains four beds where military personal can be treated for mental health problems as part of a joint arrangement between the Ministry of Defence and CPFT. There is also one detox bed.
Ward manager Maxine Coppard said: “We have a fabulous team at Oak 3 and we are all very proud to achieve the accreditation rating of excellent.”
The in-depth review looked at four key areas including how the service is structured, supervision of staff, care planning, and the range of interventions and support offered by the team to service-users and their carers.